Liminal Spaces and Marginal Identities: Experiences of Postdoctoral Scholars in a Canadian Faculty of Education

Jennifer Hall, Lydia E. Carol-Ann Burke

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In Canada, as in many other parts of the world, employing postdoctoral scholars in faculties of education is a relatively new phenomenon. In this paper, we discuss findings from narrative research involving eight postdoctoral scholars from a faculty of education at a Canadian university. Through written vignettes, these individuals reflected on the challenges and supports they faced during their postdoctoral positions. While clarification of roles and adaptation of practices are needed to enhance the experiences of postdoctoral scholars, the liminality of the postdoctoral space offers possibilities for professional growth and scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCanada International Conference on Education (CICE-2016)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
EditorsCharles A Shoniregun, Galyna A Akmayeva
Place of PublicationCanada
PublisherInfonomics Society
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781908320681
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventCanada International Conference on Education 2016 - University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016


ConferenceCanada International Conference on Education 2016
Abbreviated titleCICE 2016
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